COMETS FACE SEAWOLVES ON SUNDAY
The Kansas City Comets close out the month of February with a Sunday afternoon tilt against the Orlando SeaWolves at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. The newest Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) team to call Florida home will kick off against the Comets at 4:05 p.m. CT.
After last week’s loss to the Milwaukee Wave, Kansas City (7-7) fell into a three-way tie for the MASL South Central Division's second place. The Comets can redeem themselves with a win against the SeaWolves, who join the Comets and St Louis Ambush in that three-way tie. Orlando is 5-5 on the season with the same win percentage as Kansas City at .500 percent. However, the SeaWolves have a slight edge in the playoff race with a better goal differential.
This will be the first time the Comets have hosted this team since they were the Cedar Rapids Rampage last season. They are set to go up against each other three more times this season. Not only is this game a fight for third place in the division, but also a fight to start the series with the upper hand.
The Comets aim to end their two game losing streak and get back to their winning form. The SeaWolves are coming off a game against the St. Louis Ambush on Friday so Kansas City can use this to their advantage.
Despite last week being the first of the past thirteen games that Leo Gibson did not score a goal or have an assist, he is still the team’s leading scorer. With his 19 goals and 22 assists, Gibson is tied for the league lead in points with 41.
John Sosa reached a milestone last game with his 225-career point. In total, Sosa has six goals and ten assists. He is on the heels of Bryan Perez who has ten goals and eight assists.
James Togbah added his fifth power play goal last game to reach ten goals and four assists for the year. If the Comets can play to their 64 percent power play strengths, they can out last the SeaWolves’ 46% power play.
The Comets will try to end the SeaWolves’ two game winning streak. To do this, Kansas City will look to shut down Gordy Gurson, who has 18 goals and 11 assists. He finds himself in eighth on the MASL’s leading points and assists lists. He is tied with Leo Gibson with 2.9 points per game, second on the league’s leaderboard.
Osvaldo Rojas and Thiago Freitas will also be on the hunt for goals during the game. Rojas has 13 goals and five assists while Freitas records nine goals and assists.
Kansas City needs to get some goals past Orlando’s keeper, Rainer Hauss. This could prove to be a difficult mission as Hauss has a .706 save percentage, good for fifth in the MASL. He holds 5.76 goals against average, which the Comets can capitalize on.
Brett Petricek is not too far behind Hauss as Petricek is eighth in the league in save percentage. His .677 save percent will be an asset to the Comets as they try to turn things around and head back towards the top of the table.
Kick-off is set for 4:05 PM CT at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena and will also be broadcast live on Eleven Sports and their digital platform, Eleven Sports NEXT. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com and KCComets.com. Fans are welcome to follow along on twitter (@KCComets) and Facebook (Kansas City Comets).